Every child has a story. For 1.7 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness, and shame that comes from having a mom or dad in prison. Through Angel Tree, Birmingham First finds ways to reach out to these children, by sharing Christ’s love with them at Christmas. Members purchase and deliver gifts in the name of the incarcerated parent to help bridge the gap that goes along with families torn apart.
Our church has committed to serving 350 children in our area.
In the Fall of every year, the Angel Tree team receives a list of approximately 350 children from Prison Fellowship Ministries. One or both parents of these children are in prison. We contact their care givers and solicit gift ideas. You can select childrens’ names hanging from Christmas trees in Fellowship Hall on Angel Tree Sunday in November, purchase gift items, which the team collects and distributes before the holiday. As some of the care givers are pressed financially, we also organize and deliver food bags to their households.
Angel Tree Sunday takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving. All gifts are collected through the first Sunday in December, to give the team time to confirm all kids have been addressed. The team also prepares food bags and, with help from Children’s Ministry, makes cards, packs all items and prepares for delivery. . .which takes place the second Saturday in December. “Delivery alone” requires as many as 35 church families. It is a busy month, but an important and caring undertaking, and one well suited to anyone looking to enter the Mission Field for the first time.
“It’s a witness of Christ’s love for prisoners’ families. Angel Tree let me feel chosen. This feeling of being special, this feeling of
being chosen by God – this is how your gift will minister to prisoners’ children. They’ll experience Christ’s love and mercy, even in
the midst of a life that feels confusing and unfair.”